Ajinkya Rahane is set to miss two months of cricket after injuring his hamstring in the Indian Premier League last week. With this, Rahane has been ruled out for India’s Test against England, scheduled to take place in July and the Ranji Trophy knockouts in June.
Rahane left the Kolkata Knight Riders camp earlier this week soon after scans revealed a tendon tear in his left hamstring. The injury was caused while batting against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune on 14 May. In the 2022 IPL season, Rahane just scored 133 runs in seven innings, at an average of 19 and strike rate of 103.90.
KKR made an official announcement on their Twitter account and said, “Ajinkya Rahane is going to miss the remaining games of #IPL2022 due to a hamstring injury. Wish you a speedy recovery @ajinkyarahane88. The Knights camp will miss you." Notably, Rahane had undergone scans, which revealed that he had torn his tendon.
The tweet was accompanied by a video where Rahane said, "I really enjoyed my time on and off the field with everyone. (I) Learnt a lot as a cricketer; about life; about everything. I will definitely come back stronger next year and I am sure we will do well as a team in the next game and hopefully, we will go to Kolkata and the play-offs."
The Mumbai-born batter also made an Instagram post addressing the injury a few days back where he expressed gratitude towards KKR for their support. The post said, “Thanks, @kkriders for your consistent support this season. Wishing the team the absolute best for the coming games!”
“It's been a bittersweet journey for us,” Iyer
Unlike last season, KKR had a disappointing season as they finished sixth and missed the playoff. Talking about the campaign, the new Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer said, “It's been a bittersweet journey for us. I would like to thank you all for not only the efforts but also for the relationships that we built over here.”
“I think it's really commendable. We definitely didn't get the desired results but the efforts that we put in to achieve so far and through the ups and downs we have been together and that's the most important thing going forward.”